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Ilya Kovalchuk in a fight last night, coming to the defense of a teammate who he thought received a cheap shot.
from the Vancouver Province,
During his weekly segment on a Vancouver morning radio show, Nonis took his players to task for their effort in the 8-2 fright night against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
“Last year, we prided ourselves on being an incredibly hard-working and intelligent team,” Nonis said on the show. “And I thought (Wednesday) night, and for much of the first game as well, we were neither. “We were lazy and stupid. That’s something you can’t put up with.”
“As a player, you have that responsibility to get yourself prepared to play,” Vigneault said. “There were a lot of guys who mentioned they didn’t work hard enough and they didn’t prepare properly. It’s their responsibility.
“It was a total team collapse.”
from the NY Post,
“It’s a long year. We’re only four games in,” Brent Sutter said after the Devils fell to 1-3 on the season, shut out 3-0 by the Panthers here last night. “The guys are competing and playing hard. I don’t have an issue with that at all.”
But the Devils may be taking this egalitarian “all men are created equal” stuff too far. It’s as if they’re trying to prove - by necessity - that systems are more important than skill. The evidence is mounting against them.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Sean Avery hadn’t gone down with a sprained left shoulder, chances are pretty good Dave Scatchard would not have skated with the Rangers as he did yesterday on the first day of a tryout, and as he is likely to do regularly before too long as the club’s third-line center.
From the summer moment the Rangers sent Matt Cullen back to Carolina, it was all but inevitable Tom Renney would seek a veteran replacement to skate between young snipers Petr Prucha and Ryan Callahan, regardless of how good rookie applicants Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov looked in training camp.
from the Toronto Star,
Before your eyes begin to glaze over because this column deals with media access, be warned that it’s something all sports fans should be concerned about.
The latest skirmish in the ongoing war between the media and sports rights holders involves the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have banned hand-held video cameras from their dressing room both here and on the road.
From Barry Rozner at the Daily Herald,
The dominoes are starting to fall.
The housecleaning on West Madison began with the departure of Peter Wirtz last week and continued with the removal of Bob Pulford on Thursday, one of the most important moves the Blackhawks have made in years.
At this rate, new Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz will have home games on TV and a first-class hockey operations department by Christmas.
OK, that’s a stretch, but he’s moving fast and you have to give him time to clear up the more complicated matters.
From the CP via TSN,
Mats Sundin, displaying the classy modesty that has marked his tenure as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was quick to thank the team’s loyal fans after he made franchise history.
With his 390th goal and 917th point in the blue and white, the Leafs’ 36-year-old Swedish captain moved past Darryl Sittler to set both club records during an 8-1 rout of the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Air Canada Centre announcer Andy Frost announced the three stars, and it was Sundin, Sundin and Sundin as more than 19,000 roared their approval.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Najak says Hockey Night, which stayed with the same programming for more than 10 years, needed a change.
“And the thing is, change doesn’t come without some pain,” he said. “If we had come back with [the previous Hot Stove panel of sportswriters], we wouldn’t have had the energy. I’m not averse to taking risk, and the only way to get some gain is to be unafraid.”...
The objective, Najak said, is to separate the show from the standard hockey telecast — to be different yet entertaining.
“This show has to be representative of the people who watch it,” he said. “And a lot of Canadians don’t like being yelled at. I don’t want it to be like the regular sports show. I want to be big time on Saturday nights. That’s what we’re going for and that’s what we’re going to get to.”
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Next summer’s tasty tray of restricted free agents will include Ovechkin and Washington teammate Alexander Semin, Nashville’s Shea Weber, Martin Erat and Ryan Suter, Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf, New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
Clearly the expectation is that all of those players will be re-signed by their current teams, but we are less sure of that today than we have been in previous years for a few reasons.
from the Calgary Herald,
After a Thursday afternoon’s practice in Dallas, Keenan managed to smack both his goalie and his struggling team by offering this assessment of the Detroit contest: “You most likely aren’t going to win any road game putting 20 shots on the net unless your goaltender is spectacular. And our goaltender wasn’t spectacular.”...
“It’s not our responsibility to get them going,” he said. “It’s their responsibility. Jarome (Iginla) did a lot of work in the off-season to get ready and now he’s got to get his game together. And Kiprusoff, if he has notorious slow starts, that’s his responsibility to contribute to the team as he should be able to on consistent basis once the season does start. So he’s going to have to figure out what he’s going to have to do to make some improvements quickly.”
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